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Baucus' forest bill clears Senate committee

By Associated Press
Published On: Nov 21 2013 12:32:38 PM MST

HELENA, Mont. -

A measure from U.S. Sen. Max Baucus to expand protections along the Rocky Mountain Front is moving forward in the Senate.
    
Baucus said Thursday that the Rocky Mountain Heritage Act was unanimously endorsed by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
    
The measure would cover a scenic region stretching north of Lincoln toward Glacier National Park.
    
It would add 67,000 acres of wilderness to the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, and designate more than 200,000 acres as a conservation management area that would limit road building.
    
Supporters lauded Thursday's bipartisan vote as a sign the measure has a good chance in the full Senate.
    
After that, the measure would face the Republican-controlled U.S. House.
    
Montana U.S. Rep. Steve Daines so far has not taken a position on the measure.